Lebanon is a small town in York County, Maine on the border between Maine and New Hampshire. With a population of just over 6,000 Lebanon includes the villages of Center Lebanon, West Lebanon, North Lebanon, South Lebanon and East Lebanon.
Originally called Towwoh by the Newichawannock Abenaki tribe, the town was incorporated on June 17, 1767 and renamed Lebanon after the biblical land of Lebanon. Farmers found the town relatively level in the southeast, with extensive pine plains in the northwest. The chief crop was hay. At the Salmon Falls River and the Little River were water power sites for mills. Lebanon had four sawmills, three gristmills, a shingle mill, a wool carding mill and a tannery. In 1850, Oren B. Cheney founded West Lebanon Academy. Beginning in the early 1870s, the Portland & Rochester Railroad ran the length of the town’s southeast side, with the Portsmouth, Great Falls & Conway Railroad crossing for a short distance on the western side.
Places to Go
Lebanon has some great restaurants including Paul’s Riverside Drive In, Trains Tavern, Lebanon House of Pizza and Bite Me Hot Dog Eatery. On your way through stop by Double G Ranch Horse Supply and Tack Shop, Welch’s Hardware and Lumber or Crescent Moon Herbals. If you want to spend the night, try Potter’s Campground, Lazy Frog Campground, Flat Rock Bridge Family Camping or Salmon Falls River Camping Resort. If you are traveling in the fall don’t forget to check out the Sportsmen’s Gun, Blade and Craft Show.